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Teacher uses boat he invented to rescue man

A middle school teacher in California is being hailed a hero for rescuing a dying man from a river.

Elias Ruiz went to the Tuolumne River ilast week to hunt duck and chose a spot he rarely visits, but was at the right place at the right time. Ruiz thought the gurgling sound he heard for nearly an hour was from an animal.

“And then I saw his skin,” Ruiz told CBS13 News.

That’s when he realized it was man.

“His hands were white and shriveled and I couldn’t really get a pulse on his wrist. He was just very cold,” he said.